Lake Junaluska invites guests and the community to gather around the Lakeside White Tent Friday, July 23, at 4:30 p.m. for an evening of melodies from the talented students of the Summer Harp Academy. The event is free and open to the public.
Founded in 2012, The Summer Harp Academy provides young harpists with the opportunity for an intensive summer study. July 2021 will mark the eighth year of the program with professors Elzbieta Szmyt and Jan Jennings.
The academy provides a diverse range of experiences for students to learn about many areas of harp, including studying classical and popular music, arranging music, performing and preparing for auditions, and being a professional harpist.
Students participate in daily masterclasses, ensemble rehearsals, lectures and lessons throughout the week-long program. Over the years, The Summer Harp Academy has hosted dozens of students from 17 different states.
Lake Junaluska was recommended to the academy by a student’s parents in the early stages of planning.
“Upon our first visit, we quickly saw that Lake Junaluska would provide not only everything we would need in terms of hotels, classrooms and meals, but also would provide a beautiful backdrop along with incredibly hospitable staff,” said Christine Kercheval Valenta, administrative director of The Summer Harp Academy. “Lake Junaluska provides a welcoming and supportive environment so that we may share our music with the community.”
Some seating will be available. Attendees also are encouraged to bring their own chairs. For more info, visit lakejunaluska.com/calendar.